HAVE I LOST MY IDENTITY?

My life changed the day my magnificent daughter came into the world. My heart expanded, my instincts deepened, I felt more in the second she was born than I had ever felt in my entire 30 years. My life had been altered forever. No going back. Yet, I made a subconscious vow throughout my entire… Read more »

THE DAY IRANIAN GIRLS BECOME WOMEN

Iranian girls are girls, and then they aren’t. Such is the implication, at least, of a ritual practiced all over the Islamic Republic. This is the Jashn-e taklif, a “celebration of puberty” that officially marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and which lays out, with perhaps alarming clarity, the role a woman is expected… Read more »